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Homosexual marriage not in Ghana’s interest – Catholic Bishops reiterate support for anti-LGBTQ+ bill

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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has reiterated support for the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, known as the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill, currently pending in parliament

To them, the bill was in the right direction as it sought to enact laws against criminal homosexual acts.

This was contained in a communique dated Monday, December 11, 2023 issued by the Bishops. It was signed by the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi.

It was on the theme “The Catholic Church and the State on Homosexuality”.

The Bishops explained that marriage between homosexuals was not in the interest of Ghana as it would affect the size of the population in the long run and as such lawmakers were within their rights to enact laws against homosexuality

“We can say that while it is not right to criminalize homosexuals just for being homosexuals, the State is within its right to criminalise the acts of homosexuals in the interest of the nation,” they stated.

Teachings

The Bishops explained that the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality was based primarily on the Bible.

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination”. Similarly, in Lev 20:13 we read, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them,” they stated.

References

“For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error; (Rom. 1:26-27),” they added

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